Should public employees be eligible for more than $1 million each year in bonuses — in a city the size of Burbank?
The city would prefer the payments to be called merit pay instead of bonuses. We disagree, as such lump-sum payouts are called bonuses in the private sector, and the term "merit pay" confuses the issue for non-governmental employees. That is, most of us. But whatever they're called, it's a reasonable way to retain talented workers.
However, should such payments continue during recessionary times when city officials have to raise fees, cut services and divert funding to cover budget deficits?